The Parable of the Cell Phone
Cell phones are wonderful inventions! People can get a hold of you any time of day or night! You can be in contact with other people any time and be more effective in making your contacts. There are some things that can hinder this productiveness, though. You can be in an area that doesn’t have a good cell signal and have dropped and/or missed calls. You can also have your phone shut off because you don’t want to be bothered. The most irritating thing, in my opinion, that can hinder your productiveness is that your battery can lose all of its power and render your cell phone useless. Another sad thing that can happen is that due to financial trouble, you can’t pay your bill and your phone is shut off.
So it is in our lives with the Holy Ghost and prayer. We can be in direct contact 24/7 with our Father in Heaven when we are in tune with the Spirit and pray constantly. We will get all our calls and messages and become more effective in living and teaching the gospel.
If we choose to do things that drive the Spirit away, such as watch a not so good movie or participate in unworthy activities, our signal is not as strong as it could be. You will miss the calls from Heavenly Father that could prove vital to your well being or your very life! You could have been having a wonderful day where you felt the Spirit and were in tune, but by doing one bad thing, your call is dropped.
If we become angry at God and turn from Him, it is like shutting our phone off. We may think we are punishing the one we do not wish to communicate with, but it cuts us off from more than just one person when we do this. We miss all our calls and all our messages and we are spiritually shut off.
The saddest thing that can happen is that we just let our battery die or our spirit gets disconnected from the Holy Ghost. This happens when we consciously or unconsciously forget to charge our spirit so that we can be in tune with the Holy Ghost. This happens when we forget to pray, read our scriptures and do the other good things that we know we need to do. Sometimes we may be “too busy” or else have other things to do that we think are more important. This is not so! The battery is our spirit and what keeps us going!
I hope and pray that as we go about our daily lives, that we remember to continually charge our battery, keep our phone on and stay in a good signal receiving area so that we can learn the things that will make us happy in this life and in our eternal lives after our probation is complete.